Korn Ferry: Making a Difference, Finding the Right Organizational Culture Top List of Professionals’ New Year’s Work Resolutions

Boredom and Needing a New Challenge One of the Top Reasons to Job Hunt

A new Korn Ferry (NYSE: KFY) survey reveals one resolution that tops the New Year’s wish list for professionals – and it’s more desired than a promotion, more pay and better work-life balance combined.

Nearly half of the respondents, 41%, say creating an impact/making a difference is their leading work resolution for 2020. This resolution far exceeds a raise, 8%, promotion 5%, a better work-life balance 8%, and even getting a new job, 31%.

But achieving that resolution may be difficult. Creating an impact/making a difference ties with getting a promotion (24%) as the hardest New Year’s resolutions to attain.

The top reason professionals would look for a new job in 2020, according to the survey, is that their employers’ culture doesn’t fit with their values (38 percent), followed by being bored and needing a new challenge (23 percent).

When asked which New Year’s work resolution would most improve their opportunity to advance at their current employer, the largest percentage, 28%, say getting assigned to more challenging, high-profile projects, followed by gaining more professional development opportunities, 22%.

“A lot is being written about change-weary professionals constantly navigating through bewildering complexity. This survey clearly shows that many professionals are not only up for a challenge, but value it as a way to demonstrate they are making a difference in the world.” said Dennis Baltzley, Korn Ferry Global Solution Leader, Leadership Development. “In fact, above pay and promotion, you see professionals exhibiting a growth mindset, seeking to learn and grow.”

The good news: 93% of professionals say they would be able to keep a New Year’s work resolution if they made one.

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